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Ex-Trump business exec: Trump didn't want braille in Trump Tower
A former Trump Organization executive said Wednesday that President Trump once tried to get the architect of Trump Tower to remove braille inside the building's elevators.
Barbara Res, a former vice president in charge of construction at the Trump Organization, recounted in an op-ed for the New York Daily News that Trump repeatedly called for eliminating braille inside the elevators despite being told that would break the law.
"Get rid of the (expletive) braille," Trump said, according to Res. "No blind people are going to live in Trump Tower. Just do it."
Res wrote that Trump grew angrier as the architect protested the current president's orders and Trump generally thought of architects and engineers as weak when compared to construction workers.
"Did he think the architect would remove the Braille from the panels? Never," Res wrote. "I had seen him do this kind of thing before and would again. He would say whatever came into his head. Ordering an underling to do something that was impossible gave Trump the opportunity to castigate a subordinate and also blame him for anything that 'went wrong' in connection with the unperformed order later. A Trump-style win-win."
Res added that whenever Trump made similar requests, she often fought back but other times "played along with him and then didn't carry out his order."
She uses these examples to draw a parallel between her time working in the Trump Organization and the revelations reported in veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," and the anonymous op-ed from a senior administration official.
Both the book and the op-ed, which was published in The New York Times, have painted a portrait of a White House increasingly at odds with Trump's impulses.
"Trump is really not all that different now, but the stakes are higher," she wrote. "And there aren't many order refusers anymore."
Res concludes her piece by saying that Trump's requests are not directed at carpenters or painters anymore, but "about alienating allies, cozying up to dictators and employing dangerous nonsensical economic tactics."
"The self-aggrandizing Anonymous wants the world to know that there are adults in the room," she writes. "Really? What the hell are they doing?"